Russian activist linked to NRA charged with conspiracy

Russian activist linked to NRA charged with conspiracy

FBI counter-intelligence agents have arrested a 29-year-old Russian woman on charges she acted as a Kremlin agent while working over the past three years to build relationships in the upper ranks of the National Rifle Association. Maria Butina, the cofounder of the mysterious Russian gun-rights group called “Right to Bear Arms” who recently graduated with a master’s degree from American University, “took steps to develop relationships with American politicians in order to establish private, or…

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5 key moments from Trump and Putin on Russian-US election interference

5 key moments from Trump and Putin on Russian-US election interference

In case there was any doubt, President Donald Trump made clear Monday the specific evidence U.S. law enforcement and Congress have laid out about how Russian agents actively sought to intervene in the 2016 elections, is not a top concern for him at all. What’s more, he is not sure he believes it. Here are five key moments from the historic and astonishing joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald…

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Senators dispute Trump’s assessment of election hacking

Senators dispute Trump’s assessment of election hacking

A bipartisan pair of prominent U.S. senators objected to President Donald Trump‘s ambiguity on the extent of Russian interference in the 2016 election – part of a growing chorus of both Democratic and Republican lawmakers who have condemned the remarks. Trump, during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, expressed confidence in his counterpart’s denial of responsibility, calling the Russian leader’s response “extremely strong and powerful.” Trump also cast doubt on…

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Republicans have some of the most negative reactions to Trump-Putin news conference

Republicans have some of the most negative reactions to Trump-Putin news conference

The response from lawmakers to President Trump’s news conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin was swift and almost universally negative, with especially critical statements coming from members of Trump’s own party. Sen, Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said: “Putin only understands strength and I did not think this was a good moment for our country.” “I felt like, that everyone who’s dealt with Putin understands fully that the…

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US intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

US intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

The top U.S. intelligence official on Monday stood by what he called “clear” assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election after President Donald Trump cast doubt on that conclusion following a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The statement from Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, did not directly reference Trump’s comments at a news conference alongside Putin in Helsinki. But it came just two-and-a-half hours after Trump said that while he had…

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John McCain slams Trump’s ‘most disgraceful’ meeting with Putin

John McCain slams Trump’s ‘most disgraceful’ meeting with Putin

Sen. John McCain issued a damning statement of President Donald Trump‘s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling their joint news conference “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” “The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake,” McCain said in a statement. The statement about the Putin…

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Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of reunited families who were separated by the Trump administration after crossing the southwest border. The American Civil Liberties Union had asked Judge Dana Sabraw to delay deportations a week after reunification. The ACLU said in a court filing that its request is a response to “persistent and increasing rumors … that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon reunification.”…

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Compiling Trump’s recent comments on US allies and rivals

Compiling Trump’s recent comments on US allies and rivals

President Donald Trump held a historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Finland, using some kind words to describe his budding relationship with the world leader. The comments that followed the meeting were the most recent in a string of them stemming from Trump’s interactions with heads of state where he turned the tables on existing ties, either reversing a historically poor relationship or making a longstanding friendship unexpectedly uncomfortable. Here is a…

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Trump casts doubt on US intelligence, calls Putin’s meddling denial ‘strong’

Trump casts doubt on US intelligence, calls Putin’s meddling denial ‘strong’

President Donald Trump said he addressed Russia’s interference in the U.S. 2016 election and that President Vladmir Putin was “extremely strong” in his denials. “I have president Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” President Trump said, standing at podium side-by-side with the Russian president during a joint press conference Putin in Helsinki, Finland. He continued: “So I have great confidence in…

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London’s high-flying Trump baby blimp may now be coming to New York City

London’s high-flying Trump baby blimp may now be coming to New York City

The now world-famous Trump baby blimp, which floated over protests in London earlier this month, may soon be headed to Central Park — if some U.S. anti-Trump activists get their way. The blimp, which depicts Trump as an angry orange baby holding a smartphone and wearing a diaper, captured the attention of the world as thousands of protesters marched under it to vent their anger at the American president during his recent visit to the…

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